Before we get into this Pinnacle Studio 24 review fully there are a few details it is probably best to get out of the way from the beginning.
This is only the fourth time I have included Pinnacle Studio on my site as a recommended software choice for video editing.
It is one of the oldest digital video editing packages that is still available today so let’s address that elephant in the room right off the bat.
It is more than likely that you will or may have come across some “less than enthusiastic” reviews or commentary about this software program!
Pinnacle Studio was one of the first commercially available video editors aimed at the average home user way back at the dawn of the digital video age.
It has had a chequered history since that time for a number of reasons.
If you want to read the full story, I did a blog post on it a while back which covers all the whys and wherefores of the product’s history and you can see that here.
The ONLY reason I have a Pinnacle Studio review on this site is because Corel, since taking it over back in 2012, have done a mighty job in getting it on track, running smoothly and moving it into forward development.
I could have safely added a Pinnacle Studio review at around version 18 or 19 but left it until version 20 to make absolutely sure Corel were serious about it.
So here we are at Pinnacle Studio 24 and with this newest update it is safe to say that the backlog of stabilization and modernization tasks are complete and we have moved into straight out development mode.
This latest update is further evidence that Pinnacle’s has stopped playing catch up and has returned to the head of the pack again.
I feel very confident in recommending it to anyone looking for video editing software at the more sophisticated end of the consumer or prosumer video editing market.
Why Pinnacle Studio?
If you hadn’t already gathered, the basic purpose of every review on this site is to only include software I have tested myself and found to be best in class.
This is all in an effort to try to at least simplify the decision making process in choosing a video editor.
At this level of the video editing software market there are about 6 or 7 main contenders, all of them good at what they do and the differences between them minute.
This apparent “sameness” makes choosing the right one for you very difficult because it is so hard to tell them apart.
So before I get into the Pinnacle Studio 24 review proper let’s just cover what makes it different to the rest of the pack.
The answer to that question could be summed up in one word, control.
Pinnacle Studio does not particularly pack any different features than you wouldn’t find in any of its main competition so let’s be clear on that.
What it does offer are those features designed and presented in a way that allows the user to exert a level of control almost at the standard of fully professional software.
In fact Pinnacle Studio 24 is as close as you can get to a professional video editor while still staying within a “what you see is what you get” style interface without the complication and hefty price tag.
So first let’s take a look at the obligatory slick marketing promo video to get a bit of a feel for what the program can do and how it looks.
What’s New and Improved?
On page two of this Pinnacle Studio 24 review I will go over the individual features of the program but first let’s take a look at what’s new in this latest version.
Remember these are the new features or improvements that are in addition to the already vast range of features the software already offers.
Here’s a quick look at some of the new features in this version of Pinnacle Studio 24
Enhanced Performance – (All Versions)
Well this is pretty much a given for all video editing software these days and Pinnacle Studio 24 is no exception.
CPU’s, RAM, Motherboards and drives have been steadily evolving and Pinnacle Studio 24 is offering improvements to render times and playback as well as enhanced Intel Quick Sync video hardware acceleration.
Title Editor – (All Versions)
The Title Editor has been totally re-worked to allow keyframed attributes to be applied to all aspects of elements being used in the title.
That means you can set the style and manipulate individual parameters of any text with keyframe-based controls such as motion, rotation, scaling, and more.
The level of control is pretty insane given that now you can apply keyframed effects to text, individual words or even right down to individual letters within a word!
You can then save those settings as a preset that you can use in future projects.
Workflow Efficiencies – (All Versions)
This is a collection of tweaks they have applied to both the interface and some of the modules you would normally being using most often when editing.
They include things like being able to add notes to a project, re-organized library folders and enhanced keyboard shortcuts.
Graphics & Overlays – (All Versions)
New animated overlays, graphics, and backgrounds have been added so you can drag and drop them into your work without having to create them yourself.
Keyframing Controls – (All Versions)
Pinnacle has featured the ability to use keyframes for a long time now but in this version those capabilities have been greatly extended.
Keyframing has long been one of the vital ways by which you can exert fine control over what is happening at any given time in your videos.
You can now use keyframes in a much wider range of scenarios such as within preset transitions or included effects.
Beyond that you can also use keyframes to achieve smooth speed ramping or Time Re-mapping to not just speed up or slow down an entire clip.
Sections within the video can also be made to smoothly play faster or slower within the overall clip.
In Pinnacle Studio 24 you are now able to multi-select a group of keyframes by drawing a frame around them to highlight, reposition, or even duplicate and streamline your editing.
Dynamic Video Masking – (Pinnacle Studio 24 Ultimate only)
They have added controls to the masking module so that you can now manipulate masks frame by frame.
Using these new controls means you can create some amazing special effects. create custom masks and then save them to reuse in other projects with new shortcuts.
Face Tracking – (Ultimate Exclusive)
This is a new featured added to both the Motion Tracking and Video Masking tools.
You can identify a face in your footage and then have the Motion tracking tool track it then use all of that in conjunction with the masking tool.
A side effect of this new feature is that by developing new edge detection technology to identify faces the overall Motion Tracking has greatly improved.
So that’s about it for all the new stuff and a catch up on how we got here with Pinnacle Studio 24!
Use the links below to either read the rest of this review or go to the Pinnacle website to take a look at the software for yourself.